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What was your life like before you came to Costa Rica Recovery?
What was your experience like at the center?
How have you been different since you left the center
What are your hopes for the future?
Would you recommend Costa Rica Recovery to others/please explan

My Life Was In A Million Pieces

Before coming to Costa Rica Recovery Center my life seemed to have been in a million pieces. My struggles with drugs and alcohol had caught up to me. What was once a fun time seemed to now only be filled with problems, and what was worse was that I couldn't stop. I lost important relationships, couldn't show up to work, and couldn't handle any situation or obstacle, so I didn't try. My integrity, confidence, self esteem, and physical state were in the gutter. I was isolated, terribly sick, fearful and full of regret.

I was defeated. I needed help. A friend with 10 years clean told me he found help at CRR and that they had saved his life. I decided it was that or I would eventually succumb to this disease.

The staff at CRR were understanding. They knew exactly what I needed and how to help me get off substances comfortably. Almost instantly I felt at home and was treated like family. I nourished my body back with great food and exercise. I found out WHY I used and what I needed to do to live a healthy life. The education I received I take with me everyday. Along with all of that I made great friends and laughed more than I ever had before. I was finally ME!

Now, almost Seven months clean and sober, I am back to being a productive part of society. I have made so many meaningful relationships and mended old ones. People rely on me, and I show up! Waking up feeling healthy is something I never take for granted. My life has turned around and keeps progressively getting better.

Today I don't have to be a prisoner and a slave to substances. Today I am not sick. Today I have hope. Most importantly, I think, is that I have found meaning in my life and know that without substances, I have a purpose. Costa Rica Recovery Center truly helped save my life.

Jen S (California) ... Former Patient

I Was Very Fortunate To Be At Costa Rica Recovery

Dear Jim and crew!! I just want to take this time to really thank you from the bottom of my heart for all you did for me during my time at Costa Rica Recovery. I am happily and gratefully one year clean today. And it seems an appropriate time to really pause and take stock of just how far I've come in that time and where i started my journey. I look back at my time in rehab with honestly nothing but the fondest of memories. Rehab maybe seems not the kind of place one particularly enjoys haha but when I think back or have little flash backs from my time there…. I smile and remember it as nothing but the best experience. It has only been with time, sharing and seeing other people’s journeys and experiences in rehab, that I think I've fully grasped just how special it is what you've got going there. I feel very fortunate to have started my journey in recovery with you guys..

MIN C. (AULSTRAILIA) ... Former Patient

My Life Was In Total Disarray

'Life was in total disarray and chaos in early 2017 when I lived in Florida. My drug use was constant and consistent, and I was using every moment of every day. To the point that one of my many overdoses was a near death overdose in which the doctors had told me that if I had not arrived at the hospital in time, I would have died. Apart from that, I had ruined my work life, family life and destroyed anything of any significance in my life. I accepted the fact that I was on my way to death and felt as though there was no hope.

In the months since I arrived at Costa Rica Recovery, my life has improved unimaginably. My health is in top condition; I get along with my family and have many new meaningful relationships. Being sober has offered me the opportunity to start my life over completely and that is an opportunity I never thought I would have had. I owe all the thanks to Costa Rica Recovery and the recovery community they connected me to'.

Fred ... Florida

I Found Myself At Costa Rica Recovery

Miss you all very much. Celebrated six months on the 25th of February. Studying personal training, working, yoga and working my program. Things are good. Tell all I send my love. Thank you so much for what you guys did for me while I was there. You all mean a lot to me. Peace and love.

CLINT (SOUTH AFRICA) ... Former Patient

I Was On A Path Of Self-Destruction

Thank You!! I would like to celebrate my sobriety, and birthday by saying thank you to Andrea Lázaro, that without your patience, understanding, and LOVE my story would or could have been not as pleasant. To Jim Dopp at the Costa Rica Recovery Center, and the staff that attended to me, helped to brainwash me into living clean and loving life and all its ups and downs. Tomorrow I celebrate second chances, people who care for others with illnesses like the one I suffered. I truly would not be able to celebrate them without these precious people and organizations. Thank you for my 5th year, and I celebrate my 50th year with you.

Sergio S ... Former Patient

My Life Has Done A Complete 180

After many attempts at rehab, I found that Costa Rica Recovery's sound approach at treatment with a tough love philosophy was what i really needed in order to get started on this life long journey a day at a time.

Arturo G (MEXICO) ... Yoga Instructor


My life before getting help, to me is irrelevant. Who would want to think about that person, after all? However, I think it is important to note that hating myself on a daily basis was part of my norm and for something I simply neither understood nor had control over. The constant promise that tomorrow would be different, that I would not do it again, only to find myself doing it again despite all the consequences. What you learn through the recovery process is that you are powerless over this monster but that there is a way out. I have ups and downs, that is life - But I no longer hate myself. In fact, I have almost accepted every aspect of who I am and my personality. Imagine actually loving who you are - Costa Rica Recovery provided the tools I needed.

This was my first treatment center, and I believe it will be the only one I ever go to. I was in treatment with several folks on their 5th, 6th, even 11th treatment center. They are all clean too. I can't compare this experience with any other facility - certainly glad to say that ;) In a general sense, I can tell you I was scared shitless to go to treatment. I do wonder now what I was so scared of... Was it getting help, admitting I needed help, going into a situation I could not control, or the more plausible - giving up the one thing in my life that I believed provided release? If you are an addict, I think you know what I mean. Whatever it was that scared me so badly still did not compare to the constant hate and disappointment I felt about myself, so I went. I got better. I learned how to actually live in my own skin.

I am the person I always knew I was deep down. The disease surrounds us in darkness. I am me again, the version of me that makes sense.

How do I see the future? To keep on truckin'. To stay this course. To never find myself back in the grip of addiction. If I can accomplish that, then the world is wide open!

I would recommend CRR to anyone who wishes to get help, to get better, to have a life. There are plenty of treatment centers out there, but why go to one that will treat you like a number when you have a staff and an owner that actually care about you and want to see you succeed in conquering your demons and having a life. Added bonus... You are in Costa Rica! BTW - I still live here :) For anyone that reads this, I wish you the best regardless of which direction you take, but try to pick one that brings you some long-term happiness and freedom.

Jill ... travel industry

I Was Heading Down a Really Bad Path

I was emotionally unstable. I couldn't keep a job. I was heading down a really bad path and only moving backwards in life. I was lost and I didn't know who I was. Living a very external life with no focus on any values or morals. My biggest problem was using other people to validate my worth.

I always felt safe at Costa Rica recovery. Living arrangements and food were incredible. The classes and personal counciling were life changing. These are what helped me the most. Jim often went out of his way to help me and my family with financial issues. I went to the center 3 times. Once for 90 days and twice for 45 days. My first 90 days at the center changed my life completely. I learned that there was so much more to life than what I was doing and I started to build self esteem. I still had many issues mainly with relationships but I felt that I grew a lot from where I was at before. The next two times I went to treatment were different. I was trying to change but I didn't have the right mindset. I still used relationships to define me. I was lying to myself and everyone around me. I did not have the mindset to successfully complete the program the way that was expected of me. After my third time in treatment I was at an all time low. I did things that I now realize we're not only bad for me but bad for other people trying to recover. Shortly after my last time in treatment, I decided to go home to Canada. I had hit an all time low that I definitely needed to hit as this is what made me decide to really change my life.

I learned that the biggest problem for me was relationships. My drug usage almost always coincided with me having problems in my relationships. I was putting so much focus on my drug usage that I never stopped to realize that it was just a factor of the bigger problem. Since returning to Canada my life has been filled with happiness. Although I don't attend 12 step meetings anymore, I receive weekly counseling based on self esteem, internal values, and relationships. I have learned that this was my biggest problem and It is something I work on daily. I have never been so happy in my life. I have rebuilt broken connections with my family. I returned to my career of coaching gymnastics and have managed to keep a job that I love. The center taught me about proper nutrition, exercise and yoga. All of which are now a staple to maintaining a healthy self esteem. I returned to my old city where I used to surround myself with bad people. I cut all of these bad people off and now only surround myself with people who are motivated in life and people who bring out the best in me. I don't use drugs anymore because I know that they don't help with anything. I do drink on occasion so in the program's eyes I have failed. But I feel that with the tools I have developed I know what to do if it ever becomes a problem. Right now it does not control me. I don't use it as a crutch. I have never been so in control, self aware, and content with my life. Although I definitely took a long time to get here, and I did not take the expected approach, I can finally look in the mirror and be content with the girl looking back at me. I still have a long way to go, and many amends to make for my mistakes. But all this progress wouldn't have been possible without the support I was given from Costa Rica recovery.

I am returning to university this January I hope to have finished my degree by this time two years from now. I hope to continue my gymnastics career. I hope to someday have a healthy relationship and a family of my own. And I hope to only continue my personal growth.

I would recommend the center to anyone! I have seen so many people benefit from what they have learned at the center. I have friends who I still talk to from the program who have done a complete 180 with their lives. The better mindset and the more honest you are going in to CRR the better your results will be. However, I feel that everyone grows in some way from this program.

Abby A. ... Gymnastics instuctor

My Goal Is To Maintain My Sobriety and Help Others

I had a 3 year battle with excessive alcohol. My family stepped in this last round and got me into Costa Rica Recovery

It was very professional and the center provided educational and entertaining classes. The enter also took us to many of the 12 step meetings in the area. We were served 3 great meals every day along with gym time and yoga classes . The one on one counseling and the doctor visits were very helpful. Going on 3 months sober, and CRR certainly gave me a boost in the right direction. Thank you to all !!

I have a different perspective on addiction and have adjusted my life accordingly. The center cared for not only alcoholics, but other addictive problems.

My goal is to maintain my sobriety, use the tools learned at the center, and help others.

I would recommend the center. It is non intrusive, helpful, and is a great alternative to the institutional centers in other countries

Reg S. ... Tax accountant

Before Going to Costa Rica Recovery My Life Seemed Hopeless

Before going to Costa Rica recovery my life seemed hopeless and I was completely miserable. I was slowly trying to kill myself with drinking (always alone) and suffering from extreme depression. I found that I was a complete bull shit artist to everyone in my life, but none more than myself.

At the center I found a great fellowship between myself and the other patients as well as the counselors. I rediscovered how to live and be social around others while being ok with just being myself. The center also helped me gain structure in my life and treat myself with self worth.

I have regained trust of loved ones and have control of my life once again. I still have bad days, but I look at them as a challenge rather than an obstacle. I work on my sobriety and being my best self everyday and enjoy the little things in life that were previously ignored because of my clouded mind. I live everyday instead of just survive.

I hope to be able to spread the word of hope to other struggling addicts and continue geowing in my own recovery. I have since gone into business with my brother and hope to continue to grow and be very successful. I now see that my own potential is limitless.

The people at Costa Rica recovery saved my life. Everyone involved had a key roll in pulling me out of the pit of self hatred and loathing to become a better person and have a desire for life that I never knew existed.

Kody H. ... Carpenter

My Son Was A Patient

My 24 yer old son was a patient at Costa Rica Recovery in 2017. His life prior to CRR was sad to say the least. Rarely showed up for family gatherings. Lost 2 amazing girlfriends. He was hiding from emotional pain.

From the first contact I had with CRR, I was treated with kindness, direction, guidance, reassurance, & knowledge. This was not easy for me to send my son 1) to rehab 2) to a foreign country.

My son has pep in his step for the first time in a long long time!!! He's honest, focused, healthy, & happy!

We look forward to a long healthy life of ups & downs but nothing that can't be handled SOBER!!

Would I recommend Costa Rica Recovery? Yes!!!! A million times over! CRR gave my son the gift of clarity, soberness, peace, the ability to face the root of the problem & confidence . THANK YOU ALL!!!! Xoxo from Florida

Tanya ... Small business owner

I Couldn't Stop The Madness

It was a scary time. No matter how hard I tried I couldn't stop the madness on the merry go round.

Costa Rica Recovery was a lot different than I expected. Instead of a "clinical" like setting it was very comfortable. The staff and all of my housemates became a family of mine who I will never forget.

My life is no longer unmanageable. Now when I feel the least bit stressed I use the breathing techniques and meditation I was taught. I learned how to love myself again.

My hope for the future is too continue being the best person I can be without putting too much on my plate. Keep it simple and manageable.

I would recommend CRR to anyone who is tired of the roller coaster and ready to get their feet back on solid ground. Jim Dopp and staff know what they are doing for sure.

Kelly H. ... Construction
beating addiction and on the road to recovery


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